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 Saturday, 4 January, 2003, 11:11 GMT
Houllier: No Anelka regrets
Anelka is desperate to prove Gerard Houllier wrong
Anelka is desperate to prove Gerard Houllier wrong

Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier insists he has no regrets about allowing Nicolas Anelka to leave Anfield.

Anelka joined Manchester City in a 13m summer deal after Houllier refused to extend his Anfield loan spell at the end of last season.

And he will be keen to haunt Houllier when City and Liverpool meet in the FA Cup third round tie at Maine Road.

The French striker was desperate to join Liverpool - but Houllier turned him down and paid 10.5m for Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf.

Anelka has been in magnificent form for City while Diouf has made little impact at Liverpool.

But Houllier said: "I am not surprised he is doing well and I am pleased for him. He has previous experience of playing in the Premiership.

"We made a choice, that's all and I have no regrets about not taking up the option. I never look back, only forward."

Houllier is happy with Diouf
Houllier is happy with Diouf

Liverpool have gone 10 Premiership games without a win, and Houllier is looking to re-ignite the league campaign with a cup win.

"I am sad and disappointed like every fan," said Houllier.

"But at the same time when you go through a difficult period it is an ideal opportunity to sharpen your values and get back on track.

"The quicker we can get a win, the quicker we will get the confidence back.

"When you lose a game it is a crisis as it is a big club. So when you have 10 games without a win, it is more than a crisis.

"I get upset by some criticism when it comes from people who didn't go to the games. Then they just judge us on the result.

"The players are very concerned. But in the last 10 games, apart from Middlesbrough and Newcastle, we could have got some points."

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Who will win Sunday's match at Maine Road?

Liverpool
 38.69% 

Man City
 52.07% 

Draw
 9.24% 

14097 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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